History of SAE

The Slavic Arts Ensemble was founded in 1977 by Mieczyslaw Gubernat, a former orchestra member of the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Poland, with the intent of presenting little-known Polish and Slavic compositions to American audiences. Since its successful debut at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York, the Slavic Arts Ensemble has won the hearts of audiences. The initial series of “Birthday Concerts,” featuring the music of Polish composers, performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, inspired the Ensemble to expand its repertoire. Today, the Ensemble performs music that encompasses many eras and styles, as well as original works created expressly for them by contemporary composers.

The Slavic Arts Ensemble was founded in 1977 by Mieczyslaw Gubernat, a former orchestra member of the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Poland, with the intent of presenting little-known Polish and Slavic compositions to American audiences. Since its successful debut at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York, the Slavic Arts Ensemble has won the hearts of audiences. The initial series of “Birthday Concerts,” featuring the music of Polish composers, performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, inspired the Ensemble to expand its repertoire. Today, the Ensemble performs music that encompasses many eras and styles, as well as original works created expressly for them by contemporary composers.

The Ensemble has also received substantial critical acclaim. Hailed by the New York Times for their “superlative performances of chamber music,” the Ensemble’s repertoire now reaches international audiences via Voice of America. Some of New York City’s well-known musicians have also performed with the Ensemble, including Christina Petrowska, Hanna Lachert, Jan Jozef Wnek, Teresa Kubiak, Krzysztof Witek, Ewa Jaslar, Mariusz Jagoda, Pawel Knapik, Mateusz Wolski, Eric Nowlin, and Rafal Jezierski. Mieczysław Gubernat, manager. A member of the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, Gubernat has a long history as a professional musician, whose credits include the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Mantovani Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre and the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. The young members of the Ensemble, all graduates of European and American music schools, including Juilliard School of Music, have won many prestigious international competitions, both individual and as ensemble. They perform regularly in the world’s most renowned concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.